|Every Friday night we showcase quality live music from established and up-and-coming acts.
Doors open at 8pm.
|"...Grain Barge is hot on Thekla's heels for nailing some of those local musicians on the cusp of stardom."
ANDY J WILLIAMS ALBUM LAUNCH PARTYFriday 10th July, 8pm
"soaring guitars touched with electronic wizardry"
"great music and lyrics that provoke thought throughout"
"clever lyrics dripping with pathos and irony"
- BBC Introducing
HARBOURFEST 2015Saturday 18th 12-9pm & Sunday 19th July 1-7pm,
Two days of live music, DJs, food stalls and Bristol
Beer Factory bar, glorious sunshine (fingers crossed) and, of course,
the fantastic view from the harbour.
>>>>> SATURDAY <<<<<<
THE DUKES OF MUMBAI
Red-hot and riff-tastic surf garage pop instrumentalists.
Fantastic Prog-Pop mixed with whimsical Psychedelia.
A bewildering collage of home-found sounds with the ambient soundscapes
of washy synths, insect-like clicks & cuts, and huge gorgeous
waves of all encompassing experimental noise.
Beautiful Dream Pop inventions from Bradford on Avon.
THE RELAY RIPS
Upbeat horn-fuelled folk-rock, skiffle-punk, country-soul & rock n roll.
THE EVIL USSES
No Wave Jazz Rock quartet causing sensory explosion.
Three sparkling Dutch ladies making sweet, earthy and harmonic Folk Chanson.
Ace Folk-Punk-Pop from Jet MacDonald and band.
Golden voiced Folk duo.
>>>> SUNDAY <<<<<
POOR OLD DOGS
Wild, raucous and unruly Folk-Stomp ensemble.
A Lynchian mix of Blues, Roots and Garage-Noir.
CEILIDH DANCE with MR MEDLER
A one man blues cyclone from Plymouth. Delta guitar picking, blues shouting giant and fire-breathing harmonica colossus.
Soulful, heartfelt blues performed with a rich, raw and energetic sound.
Devonshire folk duo weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics.
BURGESS & SLIDEThursday 23rd July , 8pm, £3 entry
Burgess and Slide are an East Bristol trio playing 21st century
country blues and telling tales of the common folks lives in songs you
can dance, weep and drink to.
Lead vocalist and wordsmith in chief, Burgess’s voice is equal
parts silk and gravel. His trademark unhurried delivery is reminiscent
of Fred Neil and Jackson C. Frank, punctuated by Dylan inspired
harmonica breaks. Slide Hambidge drives the music with his intricate
guitar work and idiosynchratic rhythms developed before his previous
career as guitarist to John E. Vistic.
Stand up bass man Bill Crampton’s deep tones make the music stomp
and pump, ebb and flow. The sound is as infectious as it is intriguing.Listen
+ LEO JAMESDrawing influence from past and present folk,
blues and country musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, Leo’s music
has been described as soulful mix of no nonsense honest song writing,
warm husky vocals, intricate finger style and shimmering lap steel
+ BECCY ELDERGentle and evocative country folk and Americana.
WHITEMANFERNOThursday 30th July , 8pm, £3 entry
Formed in 2012 to arrest the alarming decline in
middle class gangster rap groups, Whitemanferno bring you their unique
take on hip-hop, funk, and party classics. With only one member over 30,
and a ringing endorsement from their Mums, these four Bristolian lads
present a set full of surprises, from Snoop to Stevie, and Cameo to
CIRCE'S DINERThursday 6th August, 8pm
Circe’s Diner are a Bristolian five piece that weave
wondrous tales of love, loss, friendship and tigers against a backdrop
of Americana, Roots and Folk music. These acoustic alchemists, with
their amalgamation of endearingly honest songwriting and
instrumentation, will echo heartbeats, blending infectious melodies and
dreamy harmonies for a most intoxicating journey that will leave you
With an impressive back catalogue of original
material and performances in some of Bristol’s most nostalgic venues
including The Fleece, The Folk House and The Thekla, Circe’s Diner are
set to release their first EP in the spring next year, fortuitously
coinciding with the premier of ‘High Tide’, a new indie film staring
Melanie Walters, which features one of their songs on the soundtrack.
WILL MCNICOL & LUKE SELBYThursday 27th August, 8pm
Since their formation as a duo in mid 2013, multi
award-winning acoustic guitarist Will McNicol and drummer Luke Selby
have been gaining rave reviews for their live performances up and down
the country. Both highly respected and in-demand instrumentalists in
their respective fields, the combination of Will’s intricate melodic
fingerstyle playing on both steel and nylon string guitars and Luke’s
explosive rhythms on kit and percussion has been making a unique
Setting themselves a mission of traversing the globe in
their live performances, the duo draw on influences from Brazilian
sambas through to driving West-African rhythms, Celtic folk melodies to
North American foot-stamping blues numbers. Combining this worldwide
diversity with Will & Luke's virtuosic instrumental aility and
sensitive musicaility has created an exhilerating live show, full of
surprises which have gained them more than a few standing ovations.
Their passion for musical traditions from around the world has
culminated in a collection of diverse original compositions, as well
as-reworkings of seminal works in a vareity of genres, which have been
released as their debut album "Hitchhiker".